Secure Your Vespa GTS 300: Top Tips to Protect Your Vespa From Theft

Secure Your Vespa GTS 300

You spent thousands of pounds on the Vespa GTS 300 because you desire to own it for years to come. ThatÔÇÖs why losing your beloved bike to thieves can be a harrowing experience.┬á

This article will give you all the information you need to keep your scooter safe at home and when you are out and about. 

The Alarming Reality of Motorcycle Theft

  • 9,492 motorbikes stolen in the UK in 2023.
  • 58% are motorcycles, 42% are scooters and quads.
  • 63 motorbikes and scooters stolen daily in the UK.
  • Fastest recovery: Cheshire Constabulary, 12-day average.
  • Slowest recovery: Norfolk Constabulary, 39-day average.

Understanding Motorcycle Theft Tactics

Vespa GTS 300 from the front

The Vespa GTS 300 will attract more attention from thieves given its value, but you will be less vulnerable to theft if you have a better grasp of how these miscreants operate. It's pretty easy to steal scooters, thatÔÇÖs the unfortunate truth, and you can only protect yourself by getting the right accessories and security systems to prevent each of the tactics explained below.

Forced Entry and Hotwiring

Relatively weak security systems like Croc locks, u-locks, and weak chains can be cut through using cable and bolt cutters that thieves can carry around easily. 

The ones that are true professionals have powerful bolt cutters and angle grinders for cutting through heavy chains.

Once they remove your lock, they will hotwire your bike and ride away unless you have an immobiliser installed. Yet, even a professional can bypass additional security features. 

Lock Picking and Tampering

The thief will be hunched over your bike, picking the padlock of your chain, and passersby will assume the miscreant is the actual owner of the scooter.

If the thieves canÔÇÖt pick the lock and no one is nearby, they will use aerosols to freeze it before smashing it to bits.

Riders who park outside their apartment complex and in places with little pedestrian traffic are more vulnerable to this tactic.

Lift and Tow Theft

Many professional bike thieves work for organised crime groups, and most of their operations use this tactic.

Once an order is issued to get a specific bike, they will circle town in a van, and if they find a motorcycle or scooter that matches what they are looking for, they will stop and load it into their van quickly before zooming off.

There have been multiple instances of such brazen operations being conducted in broad daylight, and the only thing that can deter them is if the bike is chained securely to an immovable object like a pole. 

Choosing the Best Motorcycle Security System

EasyBlock on Vespa GTS 300

Several scooter security systems are on the market, and sorting through them can be tedious. We have done the work for you and identified the top options for the five major types of security locks.

Wheel Lock

If you're looking for a convenient, reliable lock explicitly made for your Vespa GTS 300, the EasyBlock wheel lock could be your perfect choice. No need to carry it around as it's pre-installed on your scooter. Its robust 30mm inox rod mechanism can withstand various forceful attempts.

With just a simple push of the knob using your foot, you can lock up your Vespa and enjoy peace of mind knowing it's secure. And when you're ready to ride again, simply turn the key knob to quickly deactivate EasyBlock and hit the road.

Vespa GTS 300 Wheel Lock
  • Kick-Activated Design
  • Fitted directly to the bike, so it's always with you
  • Specifically┬ádesigned for Vespa GTS 300
  • Locks in a second
  • Immobilised the rear wheel with 25mm steel bolt
  • Superior Quality - Made In Italy
£199.99

Disc Locks

This device is a big padlock that you place through your disc rotor before bolting it. Its job is to prevent opportunistic thieves from wheeling away your scooter, but it wonÔÇÖt deter a professional from lifting the whole bike into a van.

One main advantage is that it is very portable, and you can easily stow it away in your┬áunder-seat storage when it isnÔÇÖt needed.┬á

Vespa Disc Brake Lock
Gemini TechÔÇÖs Disc Brake Lock with Electronic Alarm Oxford Mini T Disc Lock

Vespa Disc Brake Lock

Gemini TechÔÇÖs Disc Brake Lock with Electronic Alarm

Oxford Mini T Disc Lock

  • 10mm locking pin
  • Drill proof and pick-proof
  • Special steel casing┬á
  • Reminder cable
  • Siren is triggered upon any attempt to tamper with the lock
  • 6 LR44 batteries
  • Stand-by mode
  • Piaggio approved
  • 5.5mm locking pin
  • Three keys
  • Carry pouch
  • Available in black and yellow

£79.07

£63.99

£24.99

 

Chains and Padlocks

The best way to protect your Vespa is to secure it to an immovable object like a post or railing using a hardened chain, and it's very effective because it deters all the tactics we covered in the preceding section.

The main drawback is that the best chains most resistant to brute-force attacks are cumbersome and impractical to carry on your scooter. Since you are limited to weaker chains, we recommend combining it with another security lock for robust protection.

Vespa Chain Lock with Padlock

Vespa Chain Lock with Padlock  BikeTrac Grab Bag and Security Chain

Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 Security Chain

Vespa Chain Lock with Padlock

BikeTrac Grab Bag and Security Chain 

Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 Security Chain

  • 10 mm steel chain
  • Moisture cover protection
  • Pick-proof and drill-proof hardened steel padlock┬á
  • 3.20kg weight
  • OEM fit
  • Bolt-cutter resistant 10mm steel chain
  • Attached Abus disc lock
  • Two keys
  • Carry bag
  • 2.87kg weight
  • 12mm hexagonal hardened steel chain
  • Patented locking mechanism
  • Two keys and code card
  • Transport bag
  • 4.7 kg weight

£73.52

£89.95

£200

 

 

Alarms and Immobilisers

Thieves prefer to act in secret, so the blaring horn or siren of an alarm is the exact opposite of what they want. This security approach relies excessively on the goodwill of passersby to help respond to the alarm, and you are better off adding a lock to provide multi-layered security.

We also recommend getting a technician to help install your alarm if you connect it to your battery.

Vespa Electronic Alarm

Datatool Evo Combined Immobilizer and Alarm

Scorpio SRX-900 Security System

Vespa Electronic Alarm

Datatool Evo Combined Immobilizer and Alarm

Scorpio SRX-900 Security System

  • Simple plug and play installation
  • Self-powered
  • Remote control┬á
  • OEM fit
  • Fitted to scooter battery
  • 3 sensitivity levels
  • Forced ignition protection
  • Underseat storage protection
  • Battery voltage monitoring
  • Alarm diagnostics
  • Fitted to scooter battery
  • Manual arming and disarming
  • Smart battery safeguard
  • Remote┬á

£113 (+ £78 installation kit)

£145

£157

 

GPS Tracking Devices

If your Vespa ever gets moved when you are out of sight, a good tracker will alert you and let you track its movement in real time.

Your tracker should only be a fail-safe security measure if an attacker gets past your other defences. If that happens, call the cops immediately, and let them know that you have the exact location of your ride.

BikeTrac

Datatool Stealth

Sizzapp

BikeTrac

Datatool Stealth

Sizzapp

  • Real-time monitoring
  • GPS and RF technology
  • Nationwide company response service available to visit the theft location
  • Professional installation required
  • Thatcham S7 accredited
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Rider ID tags
  • Optional Remote GPS antenna
  • Monitoring team with police connections
  • Thatcham S5 approved
  • Real-time tracking
  • Geozone alerts
  • Crash alert
  • Route sharing
  • Speed data

£299(+ monthly subscription)

£359 (+ monthly subscription)

£238

 

Factors to Consider When Selecting Your Security System

Vespa GTS 300 from the back
  • Compatibility with the Vespa GTS 300:┬ásome disc locks may be too big for the GTS 300ÔÇÖs disc brake, while some┬áchains may be too heavy to store in your under-seat storage.
  • Ease of Use and Portability: you need a range of security locks that you can use together or independently. You┬ámight need a wheel lock and chain for security during prolonged stays. And just the wheel lock thatÔÇÖs ideally activated and deactivated in seconds is enough for a quick stop.
  • Resistance to Tempering and Cutting: portable security locks like Croc, cable, and most disc locks are too fragile to withstand brute force attacks. The chains everyone recommends to prevent such attacks are too heavy to carry. Go for a lock that is easy to transport yet strong enough to protect your scooter from attacks.

Conclusion

The Vespa GTS 300 doesnÔÇÖt come with any reliable in-built security feature, and it's up to you to do what's necessary to protect your ride.

The right approach is to use a multi-layered security approach that combines complementary security systems to ensure your Vespa is always safe.